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The God of Spinoza : A Philosophical Study - Richard Mason

The God of Spinoza

A Philosophical Study

Paperback Published: 30th August 1999
ISBN: 9780521665858
Number Of Pages: 286

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This book is the fullest study in English for many years on the role of God in Spinoza's philosophy. Spinoza has been called both a 'God-intoxicated man' and an atheist, both a pioneer of secular Judaism and a bitter critic of religion. He was born a Jew but chose to live outside any religious community. He was deeply engaged both in traditional Hebrew learning and in contemporary physical science. He identified God with nature or substance: a theme which runs through his work, enabling him to naturalise religion but - equally important - to divinise nature. He emerges not as a rationalist precursor of the Enlightenment but as a thinker of the highest importance in his own right, both in philosophy and in religion.

'... a fine contribution to our understanding of those aspects of Spinoza's thought.' Steven Nadler, British Journal for the History of Philosophy ' ... an important and stimulating book.' Philosophical Books 'This is a very good book ... This brave new theology still needs to be heard. Armed with a copy of the Ethics and Mason's book, we can begin to hear it effectively.' Scottish Journal of Theology

Prefacep. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: Spinoza's many contextsp. 1
The God of the Philosophers
How God existsp. 21
How God actsp. 51
God and doubtp. 85
The God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob
Final causesp. 117
Hope and fearp. 132
The meaning of revelationp. 147
Historyp. 172
The God of Spinoza
Choosing a religionp. 187
The figure of Christp. 208
Understanding eternityp. 224
Why Spinoza?p. 247
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780521665858
ISBN-10: 052166585X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 30th August 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.44  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.42